Friday, 6 August 2010

A Postscript to Sketchbook Project IV

After doodling in my sketchbook yesterday I was inspired to have a play on the sewing machine... little squares inspired by the viewfinder squares.

Some simple free machine embroidery stitched onto a background fabric of tyvek scraps and sheer fabrics (something that had been lurking around my workroom for a while, the result of trying to use up the scraps), backed with pink felt.

They only took ten minutes... simple free machined lines with black thread, using the machine like a pen to draw.

Inspired most of all by the colours I had been using...

And the bold graphic lines of the doodles.

One of them has been stitched onto a luggage label which has been tied into the sketchbook... mostly for future reference but it also adds a bit of interest. The other three have been made into cards.

I just wanted to show how the sketchbook can be used to spark off ideas. They don't have to be major projects... sometimes as much pleasure can be had from a quick and simple idea. I confess I was quite pleased with the way these turned out.

I'm also delighted by the way these posts seem to be continuing to inspire other bloggers. Take a look at what Penny, Angela, Lucy and Mavis have been doing this week.

No sketchbook for me this afternoon... I'm taking some time off and Jacob and I are going to see Toy Story 3! What will I do when I no longer have a "child" (he's 18 in October) to take me to see films like this?

21 comments:

  1. Just a thimbleful....

    Lovely, lovely! So nice to see the chain of progression resulting in those charming pieces.
    And incidentally, when all the chicks have flown the nest, you find it isn't long before you have GRANDCHILDREN as an excuse for Disney films!

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  2. They look beautiful - just looked through your other posts on the sketches and they are all so good. Hope Toy Story was great - even when they leve they still come back to go and do the fun things!!!

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  3. They are really lovely! I found your work through Killiecrankie farm's blog. I machine embroider too! I love it!! :)

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  4. Oh I'm so inspired I just whish that along with inspiration came a secret day in the week.
    Enjoy the film.

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  5. All I can say is - your ten minutes must last longer than mine - it'd take me more than that to get past the pfaffing stage!

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  6. wow, just got better and better, i so love your process - i think there is an awefully good habit to learn here - those seed heads are just lovely

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  7. just lovely,
    you are very inspiring gina x

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  8. Now that's just TOO clever! Lucy x

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  9. Very artistic! Another great interpretation of viewfinder art. Thanks for popping in a PosyLinda and leaving such a kind comment. I'm looking forward to more interesting things from you.

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  10. Very cool Gina! I love all the different interpretations you've had on this theme. And just when you think you're out of children, the grandchildren will likely come along! ;-)

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  11. Gina, I've found it very intriguing to see you link one step to another. Each link has beauty, and the plot thickened as you went along.

    You've given me some notions to try. xo

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  12. They look great!

    I've loved following your sketchbook posts, seems like a simple idea that has progresed into beautiful works of art. I think I'll have to try some of your ideas soon! :) x

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  13. These are lovely, 10 mins, Wow,

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  14. These are delightful and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the film.

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  15. What a lot of inspiring posts lately, I am so behind but have really loved the sketchbook posts. I wish I could sew.

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  16. Gorgeous, love the way they look on the cards.

    My Mum bought Nanny McPhee around today to watch - for the kids of course lol - see it doesn't matter how old you are you can always watch 'kiddies' films :-)

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  17. Just wonderful ,we have witnessed something so simple turn into a little work of ART clever you ...love Jan xx

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  18. Have just been having a read through your lovely blog!
    The sketchbook pages are excellent.
    Vivienne x

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  19. Wow! hoping to find time from the walking and I hope gallery visiting this week end to play some more. Thank you so much Gina, it has brightened up a very dreary Australian week end and possibly week a head!

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  20. I've just been reading through your sketchbook posts and they are excellent. Just the thing for that creativity 'block'! Thanks, Penny x (Planet Penny)

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  21. yes totally lovely - I think we are in tandem here

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